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A Short History of Hickory Grove Methodist 
Church South 

1844— -1935 


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Alpheus Alexander Kyles , P. C. 

Miss Martha Anne Elizabeth Baker 
Mrs . Laura C « Hagler 
Miss Lila Mae Dulin 
Mrs, J. L. Carter 

March 17, 1935- 


(a Rural c: 

Ef iscoi 

Western No 





rch of the Methodist 

1 Church, South, 

h Carolina Conference, 

Dtte District) 

lilt 1927 

3d March 17, 1935. 

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The information contained in this article 
was collected by Miss Martha Anne Elizabeth 
Baker (with the assistance of Mrs, J. L, Carter), 
Mrs, Laura C. Hagler, and Miss Lila Mae Dulin* 
The material v/as hurriedly assembled by the pastor. 
Reverend Alpheus Alexander Kyles , for distribution 
at the dedicatory service March 17, 19^, at three 

Those who prepared this article make no claim 
of completeness or perfection either in content 
or composition, but present it, with its many im- 
perfections, to the members and friends of Hickory 
Grove Church, with the hope that they may be in- 
spired to accomplish even greater things than have 
been accomplished in the past. 

With sincere appreciation to every one who 
aided in the collecting and assembling of the 
material contained herein, and with a sincere 
prayer that the church may continue to grow and 
glow and go, this article is dedicated to the 
past, present and future members and friends of 
Hickory Grove Church. 

A. A. Kyles, P. C. 
Miss Martha Anne E. Baker 
Mrs. Laui^ C. Hagler 
Miss Lila Mae Dulin. 


IShh - 19^ 

Early History 

Hickory Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, 
South, has survived almost one century, has 
v;ithstood many changes and has made much pro- 
gress. Early in the year 181411 the Reverend 
John Abernathy laid a small but solid founda- 
tion for the Church of John Vfesley at a point 
about one mile south of the present location 
of Hickory Grove Methodist Church. At that 
time Sugaw Creek Presbyterian, Rockjr River 
Presbyterian, Back Creek A.R.P., and Sardis 
A.R.P. v/ere the only churches in this terri- 
tory. Anyone could attend these churches, but 
there vjas no burying ground for outsiders; so, 
a group of './esley followers decided to buy a 
plot of ground for burial and to put up a small 
meeting house. The land, containing one and one 
quarter ( It;) acres and twenty- seven poles (2?), 
was given by John G. Max^vell, through the in- 
fluence of his wife Peggy, in consideration "Cf 
the good will and affection of the religious 
society, for the advancem.ent and prosperity of 
the cause of religion." It Y;as deeded on 
Nov. 21, 18[(1| to Jas, H. Martin, Robert A. 
Martin, Cyrus Query, Jas. Clark, and Jas. H. 
ICprrison as trustees. Thus Methodism in Crab 
Orchard Township had its beginning and the 
church v;as called Prospect. A fevi persons 
referred to it as Scarboro Church. 

Description of First Church 

The first church was built in I8J4B and 
dedicated to service the same year. The ori- 
ginal building was of logs daubed with mud, v;as 


about 16 X 2h feet, and faced the present road 
y)68 , the course of which has not been changed- 
The door 7;as in the center front and the pulpit 
was in the opposite side. There were four 
benches on either side of the aisle leading to 
the pulpit and three benches in each Amen Corner. 
These benches viere made of slabs v/ith pegged legs 
and spaced far enough apart for one to kneel in 
prayer. The Rostrum was raised one step from the 
floor and the pulpit consisted of tivo posts v;ith 
a board nailed across the top for the Bible. 
There v/as a lean-to or shed on the entire left 
side of the building, for the negroes, which was 
separated from the main body of the church by a 
rail. There was a window back of the pulpit and 
one on the right between the Amen Corner and the 
front seats. 

Charter Members 

Incomplete records reveal the follov;ing 
names of some of the charter members: John 
Newell and wife Hailey Taylor, Joseph Taylor 
and wife Polly, Allison Teeter and wife Dorcas, 
George Jordan and wife Evaline, Addison Taylor 
and wife Lovie , John Tally and wife Susan, Rob. 
Roberts and wife Betsy, "iTilliam Carter and wife 
llary (also his second wife Jane), John Taylor 
and wife Mary Anne, David Newell and wife Becky, 
and '.Villiam Taylor and wife Esther. Some of the 
Recruits (Pres., Bapt., etc.) v/ere Mrs. Priscilla 
Keenan, Miss Nancy Keenan, Mrs. D. IT. Hucks, Mrs. 
Sarah Max^vell, Miss Betsy Taylor, Miss Cenie 
Taylor, Miss Susan Ford and Mrs. Eliza Furr. 

Sunday School & Class Meetings 

The Sunday School v/as of two divisions; 
the Bible classes and the Blue Back Speller. 
Mrs. Sarah Maxwell taught the Ladies' Bible 
Class. ".Tilliam Carter taught the Men's Bible 


class. Anyone v;ho would taught the speller. 
irTilliam Carter and Allison Teeter v.?ere class 
leaders and held prayer meeting every Sunday 
which lasted all day and into the night if the 
weather permitted. Cn his return from the "".Tar 
Between the States, in the year I865 , lYilliam 
J. Taylor taught a Sunday School class. Since 
that time, the church has had a regular Sabbath 
School . 

Appointments and Pastors 

The preacher in charge met v/ith the con- 
gregation about once in eight vieeVs , very seldom 
on Sunday. Four preachers served at Prospect — 
the Reverends Messers Tally, Harrison, May and 
Farrar. Rev. Mr. Harrison ^7as a builder of 
churches and has one named in his honor below 
Pineville. The Reverend Mr. May married a local 
v^ridov;, Mrs. Jane Harrison Max';7ell, (a daughter 
of Rev. I.Ir. Harrison), and Rov. Mr. Farrar 
(grandfather of Marion Farrar) married Miss 
tkry Harrison, a sister of Mrs. May. 

Protracted Meetings and Brush Arbors 

Protracted meetings v:ere held under a brush 
arbor on the grounds and split logs strewed on 
the ground served for benches. At this time, 
18lj.8-1658, the preacher lived in Charlotte. Dur- 
ing the meeting he stayed among the members or 
v/ith relatives. The first arbor was constructed 
of posts set up in the ground with poles across 
the top v/hich were covered v;ith leafy limbs. 
These arbors were built anew each year for the 
meeting. The v/orshipers gathered for sunrise 
prayer service at the call of a bugle; using 
SGats made of logs split in half, the flat side 
up and each of the under sides s;ioothed off and 
supported by logs placed on the ground. The 
pulpit was erected of four posts at one end of 


the arbor on the rostrum v/hich v/as elevated 
in order that the preacher and a fev; song 
leaders might be seen by everyone present. 

Securing of Land For Second Church 

The old original church. Prospect, 
occupied a very desirable location in the 
woods about one mile south of the present 
church site; however, due to the incon- 
venience of obtaining drinlcing v;ater the 
members decided to buy the present location 
with access to a spring. On Aug-* 18, 1858 
three acres of land belonging to John M, 
Johnston v/ere bought for sixty dollars and 
the deed was made to ".j'illiam Carter, John 
Neuell, llartin Alexander, \lm. G. Hodges, 
and Tfilliam Maxwell as trastees of "The New 
Methodist Church called Prospect" and wit- 
nessed by the public school teacher J. F. 
Stancill. Viihen the church was built, more 
land v;as needed for burying and hitching 
ground. On May 3^, I860 four more acres 
of land v/ere bought from I.Ir. Johnston for 
forty dollars, v.dth access to the spring at 
all times, and this tract was deeded to John 
Newell, Joseph Taylor, and Vjilliam Taylor as 
trustees. On February 28, 1871 nine and one- 
half more acres were bought from this same 
Mr. Johnston and wife M. Catherine for 027 •50 
and deeded to Vj". F. Cuthbertson, and others 
as trustees, v/itnessed by E. A. Osborne. 

Church Rebuilt 1858 - Name Changed 

In the year I858 a new church was built 
(the second church) near a good spring lo- 
cated in a large hickory grove about one mile 
north of the original site. The fact that 
the church v/as surrounded by a large hickory 
grove v/as the factor advanced by T^ Hartin 


Alexander for changing the name to Hickory 
Grove. Mr. Alexander v;as a member of the 
Board of Stexvards at that time and v;as asso- 
ciated with Randolph Baker, Calvin Foard, 
John Newell, William Smith, John, ".Tilliam J. 
and Harvey S. Taylor in the building of the 
first church on the present site. Eventually 
the old Prospect Church v;as sold to Randolph 
Baker and v;as used for a barn on the old 
Maxwell place. The land surrounding the old 
church was bought by Jno . G. Jordan with the 
exception of the graveyard. 

First Church on Present Site 

The first church building erected on the 
present site v;as a frame building about t'-venty- 
four by thirty-six feet, having one door facing 
the road and one on each side of the church, 
with the pulpit built on a small platform at 
the north end. Night services vvere held by 
candlelight for several years, the candle later 
being replaced by kerosene lamps. 

Camp Meetings and Arbors 

The church membership grev/ rapidly from 
this time. The members decided to erect an 
arbor for outdoor vjorship and to have what Vi/as 
termed "Camp Meeting." This was a period of a 
vjeek or ten days set aside for special v;orship 
and evangelistic services, during v;hich time 
members and their families v/ho lived some dis- 
tance from the church camped in tents near the 
church and joined in xvorship with those vjho 
lived near. The day began v;ith a sunrise prayer 
service before breakfast, followed by four ser- 
vices during the day, closing at night about 
bedtime ( 10 o'clock ?). Children \7ere usually 
denied thg privilege of attending evening ser- 
vice, being put to bed, soon after supper. 

before the last service "began. 

The camp meetings continued yearly. 
They were first held the latter part of 
September, afterwards being changed to the, 
fourth Sunday in August when J. M. Davis 
was pastor, due to the fact that the members 
were farmers and August v/as a more leisure 
period. L'lany of the families living at a 
distance eventually put up a more permanent 
type of "camp" by erecting a long, low cabin 
of logs, using the ground for a floor, Vi/hich 
was covered with good, clean straw or sawdust, 
and having built-in burJcs and other types of 
fixtures which vvere needed. Separate rooms 
vjere sometimes set apart, or divided, by hang- 
ing quilts or sheets from the overhead joists. 

Camp lieeting v/as a great time in the 
life of our forefathers at Hickory Grove. 
Saturday preceding the fourth Sunday in 
August was moving day for the families vjho 
lived at a distance. Folks loaded much of 
their furniture on v;agons , rounded up plenty 
of old and young chickens, and with a couple 
of big, fine hams, plenty of vegetables and 
canned goods, cakes and pies already baked 
for Sunday, and a cord of v;ood, they were 
ready and anxious to praise the Lord for his 
many blessings since they had last tended to- 

During the year 1885 a more permanent 
type of arbor was built for the Camp Meeting 
services, which wr.s much larger than previous 
ones t This arbor ;vas built of heavy oak tim* 
bers, set up on stones for pillars, support- 
ing a high shingle roof, and with mortised 
braces which fastened with wooden pegs at all 
corners. A large rostrum was erected at the 
north end of the arbor to accommodate the 

pulpit and a choir of fifty persons. Four 
large aisles ran the full length of the "build- 
ing. A broad aisle viith a spacious entrance 
at each side extended across the entire front 
of the pulpit. Large, broad boards savjed from 
gum lumber and with a back rest v;ere used for 
seats. The arbor vjas usually Gro^vded during 
the week and especially on Sundays. People 
came from great distances. Sometimes as many 
as eight or ten preachers would be present to 
help conduct services. 

This arbor vias erected under the direction 
of Vfilliam J. Taylor and vjas designed by Cicero 
McLellan. Houston Taylor, assisted by Harvey 
Taylor, cut and sav/ed the majority of the ma- 
terial used in the construction of the building. 
The T/ork of constructing the arbor v;as done by 
Lee Dulin, James Noles, Pink Berryhill, and 
others. One of the tents v/hich v/as occupied by 
some of the preachers, and v;as called "The 
Preachers' Tent", still stands on the grounds 
and is nov/ used for a barn. 

Rebuilding Church 1898 - I9OO 

The church v-'hich v;a3 built during the year 
I858 , vjith some changes and improvements, was 
used until 1898. During the years 1898, 1899, 
and 1900 a new church r;as under construction 
ivith Mr. Robt. Sehorn acting as secretary- 
treasurer. The new church (third building) 
was about forty by sixty feet, having a vesti- 
bule entrance facing the high^vay (south), ^7ith 
the pulpit in the north end. One small room 
\'.'as built in each end of the vestibule entrance 
and used for Sunday School rooms. Some years 
later a belfry v/as added to the southwest corner 
of the building. This church was the last frame 
building and was occupied until February 27, 1927 



In 1926 the congregation realized the 
great need of a ne\7 and larger church. Under 
the influence of the pastor, Reverend J. P. 
Morris, the congregation decided to construct 
a nevi/ building. There was much discussion as 
to the type of building and the kind of ma- 
terial to be used. Some of the most fonvard- 
looking men pictured for their community a 
giant stone building which 7/ould stand through 
the centuries. These men were dreamers, but 
not dreamers only. With faith and courage 
they set out to make their dreams come true by 
digging and hauling rock from a nearby quarry. 

Getting Materials 

Actual ?;ork began January 26, 1926, -i':hen 
Hugh Jordan, Zeb Teeter, De;7itt Barley, Raymond 
Hagler, Ivjurry and Allen Russell, and Grier 
Barley began cutting timbers to be used in the 
ground vjork. The first tree v;as felled by 
Ra\rmond Hagler and Murry Russell, while J.D. 
Pence and Graham C. Taylor got out the first 
stone. The first lumber vjas placed on the 
ground by Joe Jordan and Raymond Hagler on 
Feb rue. ry 12, 1926. On August 10, I926 , E. N. 
King hauled the first load of rock to the 
church site. On February 1,5, 1926, fourteen 
men with teams and v/agons hauled 133 loads of 
rock and some saw-logs. After hauling rocks 
for several v;eeks , the men, being unfamiliar 
with stone v;ork, thought there was enough 
material to build the church. After looking 
over the plans for the building and the rocks 
on the ground, the contractor said there was 
hardly half enough. 

J. D. Fence Refuses to Quit 

Many of the members were ready to give 
up the idea of building a stone church. One 
man, however, stood as steadfast as the stones 
v/hich he had been struggling to secure. That 
man v/as J. D. Pence, vjho v;as the oldest male 
member of the church. He continued v/orking 
day after day, often alone battling 'vvith the 
rugged rocks, until he had removed 90 loads of 
rock from another quarry near his home. Faith 
of men like J. D. Fence kept alive the spark of 
hope in the hearts of the faithful fev; v/ho were 
trying to carry on. But there were still scores 
of church membors v/ho held themselves aloof and 
said, "It can't be done," There v;ere a few op- 
timistic souls Y/ho v;ore willing to undertake the 
seemingly impossible task. On February 10, 1927* 
sand and other materials were delivered on the 
grounds. The contractor began working on the 
foundation by laying the first rock on May ht 
1927. On August 3, 1927, the stone work stood 
complete and ready for the roof and other v;ork. 

Laying of Corner Stone 

July 2l|, 1927, vjas a history-making day for 
the church of Hickory Grove. At 11:00 o'clock 
the pastor. Reverend J. P. Morris, delivered a 
message on the appropriate text, Nehemiah i;:6, 
"So built we the \7all, and all the v/all vjas 
joined together unto the half thereof; for the 
people had a mind to work." At 2:30 P.M. the 
Presiding Elder, Dr. D. M. Litaker, presided 
at the third quarterly conference. At 3^00 P.M. 
Bishop Edvjin D. Mouzon delivered an address for 
the laying of the corner stone for the nev/ 
church. The following articles Mere placed in 
the corner stone: The Holy Bible, the Discipline 
of 1926, a copy of the last edition of the North 
Carolina Christian Advocate, a list of all the 


present offical members of the church, a list 
of the building committee, the name of the 
Bishop, Elder, and Pastor, together with a 
short sketch of the historical facts of 
Methodism of the community. The Bible v/as 
donated by a nine year old boy, Nelson Cline, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Cline, and it v;as 
placed in the corner stone by the pastor of 
the church. Reverend J. P. Morris. The Presid- 
ing Elder, Dr. D. M. Litakor and the folloviing 
former pastors and their v;ives v;ere present on 
this occasion; Reverend C. Excell Rozelle and 
v;ife, Ebenezer Myers and wife, W. S. Cherry and 
wife, and W. L. llicholson and F. Fincher. 

First Service Hold in Basement 

On Sunday, June 2k, 1928, the first ser- 
vice v/as held in the Sunday School auditorium 
in the basement of the church. The Sunday 
School Assembly room in the basement V7as filled 
to overf lovjing , and 225 enrolled members and 
visitors attended the Sunday School classes* 
The congregation opened the service by singing 
"Praise God From Tfliom All Blessings Flow," 
accompanied by Miss Elva May Chris tenbury at 
the piano. J. D. Pence had charge of Sunday 
School. D. H. Tifilson lead the first prayer. 
The pastor, Reverend J. P. Morris, took his 
text from Psalm 127:1, "Except the Lord build 
the house, they labor in vain that- build it." 
Church services were held in the Sunday School 
auditorium for several months, the main audi- 
torium not having been completed. Next in 
order 7;as the completing and furnishing of the 
twelve Sunday School rooms. One of the most 
important rooms v/as the nursery where infants 
and small children are kept during church hours 
Mrs. J. L. Carter has been superintendent of 
the nursery since it v;as organized. 


Comp 1 e t i n of -'.ia in Au i j t o r iujtn 

Vfork v;as begun on the main auditorium 
of the church April 7» 1930» under the leader- 
ship of Reverend Elzie Myers, xvho succeeded 
in getting the indebtedness up to that time 
paid, completing the v/ork in the basement, 
and in fitting up tv/o class rooms on the main 
floor. The work v;as under the direction of 
Mr. L. L. Litaker, r;ho succeeded Mr. J. IJ. 
Cline, the first foreman. Mr. Cline died 
suddenly September 22, 1929, while dressing 
for church. The main auditorium was com- 
pleted May 23, 1930. The seats and other 
fixtures were placed ready for service July 
18, 1930* on vjhich date Rev. Elzie lilyers 
presided at a short service. Misses Eunice 
Carter and Reecio Foard sang, "Oh, How I 
Love Jesus," folloxved by a prayer which vjas 
led by Mr. J. D. Pence. The pastor. Rev. 
Elzie Myers, delivered the first regular 
sermon in the main auditorium on July 27, 
1930, using as a text. Psalm 122:1, "I was 
glad when thoy said unto me, let us go into 
the house of the Lord." He was assisted in 
this service by Rev. G. N. Dulin, of Canton, 
N. C, v;ho was a member of Hickory Grove 
Church until he became a member of the 
Western ITorth Carolina Conference in 1927. 
Elzie Myers did a great work on the church. 

Memorial Service 

Sunday, August 28, 1930, at 3:00 P.M. 
a memorial service v;as conducted by Dr. 
Walter W. Feele, pastor of First Methodist 
Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. The names 
of the members v;ho had died since v/ork on the 
nev/ church v;as begun were read. The audi- 
torium and tv/o class rooms vjere full. Many 
stood in the front door and vestibule. Dr. 
Peele was assisted by the following ministers: 


Reverend J. G. Huggin, Matthev/s Methodist 
Church, Reverend J. 0. Enrin, Spencer 
Memorial, Charlotte, North Carolina, Rev. 
W. L. Sherrill, Secretary of the Western 
North Carolina Conference, and Reverend 
G. N. Dulin, Canton, North Carolina. The 
Abernathy quartette of Rocky River Presby- 
terian Church sang. Dr. Peele delivered a 
very appropriate and helpful sermon on the 
text, "^/ifhat is man that thou art mindful of 
him." At 8:00 P.M. Reverend R. S. Truesdalc, 
pastor of Har/thorne Lane Methodist Church 
preached on the theme, "Living for Future 
Generations . " 

Among the most lovable members of 
Hickory Grove was "Aunt Mary", i7ife of 
Harvey S. Taylor. Her funeral v;as the last 
one held in the basement of the church, 
that day being July 19, 19 3^, just a fevi 
days before the main auditorium vjas occupied. 
She was the oldest member of the congregation 
at the time of her death. Reverend Elzie 
Myers, her pastor, assisted by Reverend Mr. 
Stroupe of Back Creek Presbyterian Church, and 
Reverend \1» H, Vfillis of Belmont, was in charge 
of the service. The first funeral held in the 
completed church was for Mrs. Cora Baker,, wife 
of Banks T. Baker, August 5, 1930. 

Trustees & Building Com mi ttee 

The trustees at the time of the building 
of the present church v/e re J. D. Pence, E. N-. 
King, C. W. Teeter, J. L. Carter, and J. G. 
Jordan. The Building Committee was composed 
of the following: D. H. Wilson, John C. Yfere, 
J. Yfelter Dulin, W. S\7indell Hagler, Hazel 
Teeter, W, T. Simpson, W. 0. M'ullis, J. B. King, 
J. N. Cline, 7/. B. Berryhill, Odell Teeter, 
J. 17. Biggers, M. 0, Dulin, (Recording Secretary), 
and Graham C. Taylor (District Steward). 

Paying; Debt of ^j^^ ,500.00 

For four and one-half years follov,?ing 
the completion of the main auditorium and 
other TJork in 193*^ the church undenwent a 
critical period. During these depression 
days the chief problem before the people of 
Hickory Grove was, not the building of a 
church, but the paying for the one v/hich they 
had already built. The burden grew heavier 
as time went on. On November 7, 193^, Rev, 
A. A. Kyles moved into the parsonage at 
Hickory G-rove and assumed his duties as pastor. 
He began xvorking on the debt problems at once 
and on December 2, 193^. a plan for raising 
the entire indebtedness was presented to the 
congregation. The motto vms '' $5 ,000 -.00 in 
Fifty Days . " Fifty days later, Jan. 20, 
1935, "the campaign closed v/ith good pledges 
totaling $5»500»00» This amount was needed 
to pay off notes, secure insurance, pay a 
small floating debt, etc. ^n Feb. 25, 1935, 
the final pajmient was made and the church 
stands today with no indebtedness on church, 
parsonage, or property. The sacrificial 
giving and the co-operation of pastor and 
people, together v/ith donations of many 
friends, made possible the completion of 
the task. A donation of §500.00 from The 
Duke Endowment and one for $50^»0*«^ from the 
General Board of Church Extension of the 
M. E. Church, South, meant much to Hickory 
Grove. Each contribution, no matter how 
small, is appreciated. 


First Musical Instrument 

The first musical instrument used "by 
the church (second building) was an organ 


secured in 1891 • The original building on 
the present site v;as in use. Mrs, Ifeggie 
Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor, was organist. 


Miss Minnie Christenbury and Mr. P. F. 
Davis v/ere united in nmrriage Oct. l6 , 18^ 
by Rev. C G. Little in the first church on 
the present site. They are said to be the 
only couple married in this church. 

In the third church (1898-192?) t\7o 
couples v;ere married. Leslie Baker and 
Marcus Mooney vjere married by Rev. J, H. 
Bradley, while Rev. Ebenezer Myers offi- 
ciated in the marriage of Annie Bell Jordan 
and Lloyd H. McCall. The first marriage 
ceremony in the present church united 
Eloise Stilwell and Homer Lee Johnston Aug. 
8, 1931. 

First Missionary Society 

Miss Sallie T/hisnant of Charlotte, N.C. 
(now Mrs. W. IT. Hagood) relates the follcw- 
ing story of her visit to Hickory Grove in 
1890. "It was during Camp Meeting time at 
Hickory Grove. I started out there to or- 
ganize a 7J"oman*s Missionary Society and was 
riding in a buggy. Due to heavy rains, the 
water v^as high when ?;e foarded Briar Creek 
on the Lawyers' Road. Vfeter ran into the 
buggy and my feet got wet. At the first 
house v/here I sav/ smoke coming out the 
chimney, I stopped to dry my feet; then I 
v/ent on to Hickory Grove and organized the 
first Woman's Missionary Society." 


The Parsonage 

The first parsonage used by the pastors 
of Hickory Grove Church v/as locate in Char- 
lotte, N. C. Aftenvards the pastors lived in 
Monroe, Matthews and Derita. In 1908 or 1909, 
under the direction of J. I. Pence, A. G. 
Hagler and other members of the Board of 
Stevjards the present parsonage v/as built, 
Mr. Alex Simpson vjas the contractor. Although 
not a modern building, the parsonage at present 
is in good condition. It has just been painted 
outside and inside, many repairs have recently 
been made, and some necessary furnishings se- 
cured. At some near future date the people of 
Hickory G-rove expect to erect a beautiful stone 
parsonage in keeping ^vith the church in the 
grove nearby. 

The Cemetery 

The Hickory Grove Cemetery is located 
just across the high:;ay in front of the church 
and is \7ell kept. A stone fence, separating 
it from the highvvay, is being constructed at 
the present time. The first person buried in 
it Y/as Carrie Jordan, young daughter of Jas . 
Jordan, in I87I. Soon afteryjards her great- 
grandfather, Isaac Jordan, was buried there. 

Ministers from Hickory Grove 

Prominent among the achievements of 
Hickory Grove Church and its people, particu- 
larly through the efforts of her pastors, are 
the young irien and "nomen v;ho have gone out to 
preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in 
home and foreign fields. The of the 
ministers are as follows: Rev. Yf. S. Cherry - 

I890, Rev. R. A. Swaringen , Rev. Martin W, 

Heckard -I917, Grady N. Dulin - 192^;, Rev. 


Carl H. King - 1932, and Rev. Ralph H. Taylor - 
193^. In addition, the church has had a part 
in the training of two great teachers and loyal 
disciples v;ho are now working in foreign fields 
Miss Mabel Cherry in Korea and Miss Mary Myers 
(now Mrs. ) in Africa. 

Hickory Grove Today 

Being one of the most beautiful, (if not 
the most beautiful) rural churches in the ItYes- 
tern North Carolina Conference, Hickory Grove 
Church stands today a model of excellence, 
simple in design, beautiful in material and 
architecture, a monument to Christianity. The 
magnificent building is a memorial to all those 
v/ho have assisted the many pastors in their 
labor of ad'^ancing faith in God, hope in im- 
mortality, and love tor/ard all mankind. Her 
people believe that Christian character and 
good citizenship are the finest of human 
achievements . 

The present church roll is something to 
be proud of. Their recent achievement in 
paying off the debt is to be commended. Among 
the m.embership tv.'o couples have celebrated 
their Golden 1/Tedding Anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. 
J. D. Pence and Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Berryhill. 

Miss Martha Anne Elizabeth (known as 
Aunt Matt) Baker, born April li|, I8I4S , is the 
oldest member of the church. She has been a 
member since Civil Vfar days and has v;orshiped' 
in all four of the churches. Aunt Matt joined 
the first church on the present site when Rev. 
John Butt Y7as pastor. 


J. D. Pence is the oldest man whose name 
is on the church roll, age 77* The younger 
members are interested and v;illing vjorkers. 
The present Church School is alive from the 
Older Men^s Bible Class, taught by the oldest 
man in the church, to the large and well- 
organized Nursery Department with Mrs. J. L. 
Carter as Superintendent. 

The youngest person connected v/ith the 
church in any ivay is Verner N. Jordan, Jr., 
v;ho became a member of the Cradle Roll when 
tvio days old. He is nov; three and one-half 
months old. 

Hickory Q-rove Tomorrov; 

With such a past and present, what will 
Hickory Grove of tomorrow be? Surely, we can 
look into the years and see the same beauti- 
ful stone church, enriched by full and fruit- 
ful years, still reaching out strong arms 
enfolding promising youth of today, then in 
ripe old age, yet training the youth of 
tomorrow to be citizens of the Kingdom of 
God. Hickory Grove Church v;ill continue to 
grov/, for her people believe in God, in 
Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit. They 
are faithful worshipers, courageous souls, 
descendants of early pioneers who loved their 
neighbors, feared the Lord and kept His 
Commandments. Yes, the unfailing hand of 
Hickory Grove Church will continue to feed 
the sheep and to lead the lambs. May the 
Lord be our Shepherd throughout the coming 
years . 




J. C. Keener 1890 

C. B. Galloway 1691 

E. R. Hendrix 1892 

Vf. W. Duncan 1893 

A. W. Wilson 1894 

W. W. Duncan 1895 

C. B. aalloway 1896 

J. S. Key 1897 

0. P. Fitzgerald 1898 

J. S. Key 1899 

H. C. Morrison 1900 

R. K. Hargrove 1901 

A. C. Smith 1902 

A. C. Smith I9O3 

W. W. Duncan 190i]. 

A. ViT. Wilson I905 

A. TI, Wilson I906 

H. C. Morrison 190? 

James Atkins I9O8 

James Atkins I909 

E. R. Hendrix I9IO 

E. E. Hoss 1911 

Collins Denny .1912 

J. H. McCoy 1913 

R. a. T/aterhouse .I9li; 

W. R. Lambuth I915 

John C. Kilgo 1916 Atkins 1917 

U. V. Yf. Darlington 1918-21 

Collins Denny 1922-25 

Edwin D. Mouzon I926-33 

Paul B. Kern 193U- 



G. M. Guthrie ? 

J. P. Carraway 1887-90 

A. P. Tyer 1891-93 

J. R. Brooks I89J4-97 

S . B . Turrent ine - 1898-1900 

J. C. Rowe 1901-1903 

J. E. Thompson 19Oi4-1907 

Frank Siler I9O8 

H. K. Boyer 1909-10 

J. R. Scrosgs 1911-13 

Plato T. Durham I9lit 

J. C. Rowe 1915-16 

T. F. Marr 191? 

H. K. Boyer 1918-21 

J. B. Craven 1922-J?5 

D. M, Litaker 1926-29 

E. K. McLarty 1930- 5I 

J . W. Moo re 1932-33 

J. B. Craven ....19^-^ 



John Abernethy 

T. L, Triplett 

Phillip Greening ___^ 

Z. Rush 

Miles Foy 

J. S. Nelson .< 

W. ■!. Pharr 


M. H. Hoyle 1877-80 

T. H. Edwards 1881 

S . M. Davis 1882-85 

M. H. Hoyle 1886 

J. A. Lee 1887-89 

J . T . Bagvjell ( 1^ years ) 1690-91 

R. M. Taylor ( l/2 year) 1891 

C. C. Brothers 1892 

R. T. N. Stevenson 1993-9i|- 

C. G. Little 1895 

Z . Parish 1896 

T. P. Bonner 1897 

R. S. Howie 1898-99 

L. M. Brower 1900 

W. L. Nicholason I9OI-I90I1 

J. IT. Bradley I905-I9O8 

Seymore Taylor 1909-11 

P. L. Terrell 1912-1 

C. E. Rozzelle I9I 

M. T. Steele 1915-16 

R. H. Kennington 1917-20 

Ebene-.or My-rs . .1921-23 

'.Y. M. Robbins 1924 

A. R. Bell 1925 

E. N. Crowder 1926 

J. P. Morris 1927-29 

Elzie Myers I93O-32 

E. D. Ballard..,. .1933-3i| 

A. A. Kyles ,.., 1935" 



Paul B. Kern Bishop 

J. B. Craven Presiding Elder 

A. A. Kyles Pastor 


J. L. Carter J. Vj". Drum 

J . G . Jo rdan E . N . King 

J. D. Pence 


M. 0. Dulin • Chainnan 

Lila Mae Dulin Recording Stev/ard 

H. M. Dulin Secretary 

Odell Teeter Treasurer 

J. 17. Biggers T. C. Cuthbertson 

C. H. Furr Vf. C. Gray 
J. B. King D. M. King 
TT. 0. Mull is . J. T. Plott 
M. H. Stilv;ell Hazel Teeter 

D. H. Wilson G. C. Taylor 


'Yilliam Taylor 
Jeff Bost 
J. D. Pence 
Walter Pence 

J . W. Drum I9IO 

A-. G. Haglcrc' 1921 

Leroy Dulin 1922-25 

W. D. May 1926-27 

J. B. King 1928-29 

J. \i, Biggers 1930-35 




J. \1. Biggers • General Supt . 

Mrs. J. L. Carter Supt. Nursery Dept. 

Lila lAae Dulin Supt. Children's Division 

D. H. TJ'ilson ...Supt. Young People's DIy. 

H. L. Johnston Supt. Adult Division 

H. M. Dulin. .Secretary 

"vTillie Bell Bern/hill Asst. Secretary 

D. M. King Treasurer 

Mrs. H. L. Johnston..... Pianist 

L!ary Hagler Asst. Pianist 

C. H. Furr .Choir Director 


VJ"illie Hagler 

Mrs . Archie Johnston 

Eunice Carter 


Mrs. T;. 0. Mullis 
Sara Taylor 


Leslie Wilson 
Mattie Hagler 


Mrs. W. S. Hagler 
Yf. H. Stil\7ell 



Mary Hagler 
B. T. Baker 


Ruth Rodgers 
A. M. Thompson 


Louise Hoover 
D. C. Berryhill 


Mrs. A. F. Campbell 
Mrs. ',1, B. Berryhill 
Mrs. J. Vr. Jordan 
Tf. C. Gray 
J. D. Pence 

Church School Members ^0 

Church members o f\}\f i 

Church valued ^35,000 

Insurance carried ...., ^15,000 


Date Due 



Form SiiS — SSt 

»I— 9-34— C. F. Cc 





ClayJord Bros., Inc. 

Syracuse, N. Y 

P^T, JAN 21, 1908 

28?. 6 K99S 


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